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The PPC Imaginarium is delighted to have Wilma Cruise join the team as a national judge, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of life as a South African artist.


Wilma Cruise is a South African sculptor and visual artist. She works mainly with fired clay in her renderings of life-sized human and animal figures. Her sculpture installations and exhibitions are often accompanied by large format drawings on paper. Cruise has completed several series of print editions and a number of her ceramic sculptures have been successfully translated into bronze editions.

The All-Knowing Pig, 2015 (Etching with chine collé)

The All-Knowing Pig, 2015 (Etching with chine collé)

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Most recently, Cruise’s work has examined the interface between humans and animals and explored the existential condition of muteness – the silent, internal battles we face when in the search for meaning.

Five Monkeys

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Cruise has had over twenty solo exhibitions, curated many others, and has completed a number of public works including the National Monument to the Women of South Africa at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, and The Memorial to the Slaves in Cape Town.

The Memorial to the Slaves, 2008

The Memorial to the Slaves, 2008

Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections throughout South Africa, including the South African National Gallery, the Corobrik Collection, the Durban Art Museum, the Pretoria Art Museum, the Constitutional Court and many other prestigious collections. Cruise has also participated in the Havana Biennale, the Florence Biennale and the distinguished 7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Seoul, Korea. Wilma is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Stellenbosch in the field of art and animal ethics. She is a fellow of Ceramics South Africa and writes extensively in the field of ceramics.

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